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Developer outlines plans
for Hapeville Ford plant

By Maria Jose Subiria

msubiria@news-daily.com

The Hapeville area soon could get its own version of a mixed-use development comparable to Atlanta's Atlantic Station, if the plans of developer Scott Condra become a reality.

To start, Condra has named the 130-acre former Hapeville Ford Plant property "Aerotropolis."

Condra is senior vice president of Jacoby Development Inc., which built the popular Atlantic Station facility in midtown Atlanta.

"Hapeville wanted something like that for its community," Condra said Tuesday. He is scheduled to explain in more detail what Jacoby Development hopes to do, as the guest speaker Thursday during the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce's Early Bird Breakfast at 7:45 a.m.

The event will take place in the Continuing Education Building at Clayton State University, 5900 North Lee St., Morrow. Tickets are $15 for members and their guests, and $25 for non-members.

Aerotropolis is projected to open up many employee opportunities for the Atlanta community.

"I believe Ford had about 3,000 employees. We're anticipating 10,000 to 15,000 employees on this site," Condra said in an interview previewing his speech.

During his talk, Condra will describe, in detail, his plans to construct 20-story buildings, with high-rise, Class A offices at the northern part of the development, and will discuss how Aerotropolis will interact with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Condra said the project is expected to include a shuttle service, that would be free of charge to riders, similar to the one in Atlantic Station, and will include carpooling and vanpooling.

The Atlantic Station project had a cost of $4 billion, but Condra said his proposed Aerotropolis is anticipated to be close to half that size, from an investment standpoint. He did not provide an estimated cost.

Aerotropolis, Condra said, will have a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It will be environmentally friendly. The new development is isolated and Interstate 75 is the nearest roadway.

"We won't work on Sundays because we got a pretty buffer in between us," Condra said.

"We were probably chosen by Hapeville because we had the capabilities to clean up those industrial sites, and after, create a LEED certified campus [like Atlantic Station]," he said.

Jacoby Development also is hoping the proposed commuter rail line from Atlanta to Griffin, will become a reality, so a stop could be built to include Aerotropolis.

"The southern most portion [ of Aerotropolis] is adjacent to the fourth runway of the airport. That's why we will have an off-airport parking structure," Condra said. He said companies related to the airport will be housed in proposed skyscrapers. Three hotels and a variety of stores are planned for north of the site, to enable pedestrian traffic.

"It's still too early to tell what companies will reside here. We are looking at five potential tenants right now," said Condra. "We will probably be certain in a month."